Disappear again, reappear bearded
On top of a lear, steering it into the kids' ear again
Earl had left for so long that when he comes back he has a beard. He’s intoxicated, steering thoughts into children’s ears while riding on a learjet. It’s like a plane crash in your ear: explosive and sudden. He still plans on influencing his young audience into doing things their parents don’t like.
Earl alludes to terrorism, implying his detractors see him as a similar threat to children (the imagery of bearded men reappearing and crash-bombing planes is strongly reminiscent of Bin Laden and 9/11)
This also refers to resurrection, a common fixture of mythology: you die, you come back, you kick ass. Good bearded examples include Jesus (perhaps the reason for the crucifix on the album cover), Gandalf from Lord of the Rings and the Sumerian lamassu god. Earl’s long-awaited return from Samoa mirrors this.
A lyrical nod to MF DOOM’s “Ballskin”:
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